Want to get caught up on our year of travel, but can't find the time to read 7,000 word blog posts?
Want to hear the voices behind the stories?
Want to be indoctrinated in anarcho-libertarian political theory as applied to aspects of the built environment?
Bet you thought I'd never ask!
Our adventure has been featured in episode ana006 of Anarchitecture Podcast, a podcast that explores the built environment of a stateless society.
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Anarchitecture considers issues related to the built environment from the perspective of anarchism, a political philosophy derived from the principal that the initiation of force by individuals and governments is morally wrong and counterproductive in practice. With a focus on buildings, cities, transportation, infrastructure, etc., Anarchitecture proposes non-aggressive, non-governmental alternatives to functions typically performed by governments.
The hosts of the show are an engineer living in Australia and his twin brother, an architect who until recently lived in Boston. The architect in particular has been very interested in our travels because... he is me. I am he. They are we.
My brother Joe and I started recording episodes almost a year and a half ago, and officially launched the podcast with five episodes in March of this year. It's been a fun project for us to collaborate and geek out on while living so far apart.
The tone of the podcast is intended to be provocative without being antagonistic. Neither left nor right, the focus is on ideas rather than politics, current events, or elections.
What does any of that have to do with our family's travels?
This episode, titled Citizen of Nowhere, discusses the concept of freedom of movement and freedom of travel, a fundamental human right that every government on the planet heavily restricts. Joe and I reflect on each of our travel experiences to question the ends and means of border controls and argue for the elimination of national borders. Like I said, provocative.
Here are some highlights from this episode:
Intro: World's Craziest Idea (Erin's podcasting debut!)
Tim's Abroad Life:
- Why travel?
- A Narrow Life – Struggling with careers, family life, and personal life
- Crunching the Numbers
- "No! I am not doing donkeys.”
- Working Remotely
- The worst thing about Obamacare (It's not what you think)
- The pre-launch checklist – Three months to get everything done to leave
- Where have we been?
Freedom of Movement (00:37:40)
- Inclusion and Exclusion
- Tourist or Traveler?
- The 30% Rule of traveling with young kids
- “If the water runs out, we’ll know which pipe at the side of the road to get it from.”
- Empathy from experiencing environmental conditions that shape local culture
- Unreliable infrastructure builds reliance on a strong community structure
- Reasons to emigrate
Why governments restrict travel (The “Ends”) (00:55:10)
- Are border controls effective?
- Keeping out criminals
- Preventing spread of disease
- “These guys come on the plane in full biohazard suits”
- Farm animals
- Keeping out pests
- Fruit Fly, Rabbits, Foxes, and Cane Toads
- They’ll Take Our Jobs!
- They Won’t Have Jobs!
- They’ll Become Citizens and Vote!
- They Won’t Become Citizens and Vote!
- Molenbeek and the Brussels Lockdown
- Refugee Crisis
How do Governments Restrict Movement? (The “Means”) (01:30:45)
- Presumption of Guilt and Exclusion
- Joe’s most difficult border crossing – Canada
- Arbitrary quotas and green card lottery
- Elements of built environment used as means of restricting movement
- Ports of Entry – Airports, Seaports
- Customs and Quarantine
- “A suitcase full of dried fish”
- Unofficial Ports of Entry – Borders
- “Build a wall between the US and Canada"
- Mobile Border Patrols
See the episode page on the Anarchitecture website for more show notes and links.
Click here for a summary of previous episodes.
Stayed tuned for Part 2 of this discussion in episode 007, with an original James Bond style theme song performed by someone familiar to many Abroad Life readers (it's not me)!